COVID-19 outbreak at Corsica Hills Nursing Center worsens

Three residents at Corsica Hills Nursing Center have died from COVID-19, according to the Maryland Department of Health. Two dozen cases are reported there between residents and staff.

CENTREVILLE — Queen Anne’s County ended the day Wednesday, June 5, with 163 residents having tested positive for COVID-19; four patients were hospitalized, according to Beth Malasky, public information officer.

According to the Queen Anne’s County Health Department, 130 of those cases were considered “recovered” and released from isolation as of May 25.

Health Officer Dr. Joseph Ciotola Jr. lists five deaths from the coronavirus in the county, while the state site shows 12. The other deaths all occurred at nursing homes or other long-term facilities in Kent and Anne Arundel counties, where the patients were infected and died. They didn’t show up in the Queen Anne’s numbers until their death certificates were issued listing their “home” residence.

Some of the local deaths are also from a nursing home. The Maryland coronavirus website shows 12 staff cases and 12 resident cases at Corsica Hills Center in Centreville with three confirmed resident deaths.

The drive-thru test site at Chesapeake College tested another 36 people Wednesday, Malasky said. So far the site has tested 1,315 area residents. The site will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday for patients with a doctor’s order.

Friday will be the last day for the Mid-Shore test site at the college. There are no other public test sites in Queen Anne’s County. Both Caroline and Talbot counties have testing available at Choice One Urgent Care locations in Denton and Easton.

The Queen Anne’s County Health Department is working with local primary care doctors to ensure they have the personal protective gear and supplies to start testing their patients, Malasky said.

Ciotola also plans to transition to mobile community testing for county residents, but no schedule or locations have been announced.

Queen Anne’s County Health Department has an information line for the public to call with questions about COVID-19. Staff will be available by phone from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 443-262-9900.

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